The Omland Lab studies a range of topics in avian evolution, behavior and conservation. Most of our work has focused on New World orioles (Icterus), including studies of their evolutionary relationships, speciation, hybridization and conservation (esp. Bahama Oriole Project). Our recent research has emphasized elaborate female coloration and female song. Along with collaborators, we have shown that female song is widespread and likely ancestral in songbirds. Recent projects focus on female song in Eastern Bluebirds and in the Bahama Oriole. Kevin Omland is active in efforts to increase faculty diversity at UMBC and to increase overall diversity in the fields of ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation.
UMBC Presidential Research Professor, 2016-2019; Fellow, American Ornithological Society